Bei­jing protests pro­posed naval vis­its

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By MO JINGXI mo­jingxi@chi­

China has protested to the United States over an an­nual US de­fense pol­icy bill that in­cludes clauses re­quir­ing re­ports on the pos­si­bil­ity of naval ships from the US and Tai­wan dock­ing at each other’s ports, a For­eign Min­istry spokesman said on Mon­day.

“Re­lated clauses se­ri­ously go against the one-China pol­icy and the prin­ci­ples of the three joint com­mu­niques be­tween China and the US, and in­ter­fere in China’s in­ter­nal af­fairs,” For­eign Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang said at a daily news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing.

“China has lodged se­ri­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the US,” he said.

Lu said China res­o­lutely op­poses any form of of­fi­cial ex­changes and mil­i­tary links be­tween the US and Tai­wan, urg­ing the US to fully rec­og­nize the se­ri­ous harm­ful­ness of the amend­ments.

“We ask the US not to pass and leg­is­late the bill that in­cludes such clauses, to not turn back the wheel of his­tory, in or­der to avoid dam­ag­ing China-US co­op­er­a­tion,” he added.

The US House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed on Fri­day the Na­tional De­fense Au­tho­riza­tion Act for Fis­cal Year 2018.

One amend­ment re­quires the US sec­re­tary of de­fense to re­port to con­gres­sional com- mit­tees no later than Sept 1, 2018, on “the fea­si­bil­ity and ad­vis­abil­ity” of US Navy ships mak­ing ports of call in Tai­wan and ships from Tai­wan mak­ing ports of call in Hawaii, Guam or other lo­ca­tions, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports.

A fi­nal ver­sion of the leg­is­la­tion will be drafted at an undis­closed time and would take ef­fect only af­ter be­ing ap­proved by the Se­nate and signed by US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

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